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Preview: UMass Dartmouth Chancellor on bombing suspect

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By: Melissa Toupin


In the days following the Boston Marathon Bombings UMass Dartmouth would learn one of the men responsible was a student. Now the chancellor is speaking out for the first time on local television discussing the chilling details.

When the photographs of the suspects surfaced the University was forever changed. UMass Dartmouth was put on alert within minuets of learning that suspect #2, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was a student. Within minutes of getting confirmation students were evacuated. The campus was disrupted as solider's stormed the grounds and black hawk helicopters swarmed.

The schools connections would go deeper. Three college friends would be charged with helpingTsarnaev get rid of evidence.

One month later UMass Dartmouth Chancellor, Divina Grossman, is still processing everything that happened. She sat down with ABC6 to talk about the unthinkable moment she got the phone call from campus security alerting her to the identity of the younger Tsarnaev brother.

"That dispatcher, Shakira Gonsalves, went into the database to check the name of that student, and found that yes, he's our student, and confirmed it and called," said Grossman. "To know that that student, that suspect, was our student, I mean I was just horrified."

Tonight on ABC6 News at 11 we will take a closer look at how the events have impacted the University and the school's plans as they move forward.

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